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To think Edwina Currie should do a few stints in a Food Bank...

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Misspixietrix Wed 29-Jan-14 10:04:01

...to realise how ignorant her comments are? Just been reading the Morning Paper in which she is quoted to say Food Banks are the reason shops are closing hmm. I can't link as using the phone to MN. At one it says "The ex-MP said many who rely on Food Banks are 'not poor' and have 'substantial benefits' to live on". I'm a volunteer for the Trussell Trust. To say this comment stinks of ignorance would be an understatement.

Damnautocorrect Wed 29-Jan-14 10:11:01

I love the fact she doesn't realise the foods been bought in the first place

KayHarker1 Wed 29-Jan-14 10:14:03

I volunteer too, and frankly her twitter stuff last week just gave me the red mist. The ignorance is mind blowing. Though I'm not sure I'd be happy to have her do a few shifts at my food bank - we're trained not to judge, and I'm quite sure she'd feel no need to rein it in...

newyearhere Wed 29-Jan-14 10:16:13

YANBU

Misspixietrix Wed 29-Jan-14 10:19:24

Im just asastounded by the level of ignorance. We have to sign confidentiality clauses when we sign up (for obvious reasons). So they then assume they must be loads of crackheads etc that use it when really is something as simple as social services helping a Foster Mum out who's had to take an emergency case in for example. She was defending herself on Twitter replying to one comment "have you been inside the houses of people that use them. I have. Its quite clear they make poor choices". shock. She should go inside a Food Bank and see that being made to rely on one is anything but choice. They're actually very hard to be referred to aswell. Its not a case of simply strolling in. Which they would be well aware of but then I guess that doesnt make good news sad

Quinteszilla Wed 29-Jan-14 10:19:32

Oh, yes. yes yes. She is something.

She pulled the "DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM" on a flight, after having complaining about the lack of business class, and my mate (steward) responded "Yes, you are that bird that shagged John Major" and left her with her jaw in the aisle.

bleedingheart Wed 29-Jan-14 10:20:02

YANBU

This woman really gets on my thr'pennys.

She knows what closes down businesses is lack of money in the pockets of customers or, that great Tory dream, competition! Oh and people claiming eggs contain salmonella....

bleedingheart Wed 29-Jan-14 10:20:28

Quinteszilla your mate sounds great!

love the fact she doesn't realise the foods been bought in the first place

Bloody good point

Misspixietrix Wed 29-Jan-14 10:21:45

Indeed KayHarker I'm just aghast that there seems to be no level to which the Right won't stoop. She would have to rein it in in mine. The Manager silenced an Edwina type a few weeks ago. grin.

Misspixietrix Wed 29-Jan-14 10:23:04

Haha! That's made me chuckle Quinteszilla

KayHarker1 Wed 29-Jan-14 10:24:46

So, you make 'poor choices', your children starve, is that it? Oh the compassion of a conservative...

bleedingheart Wed 29-Jan-14 10:26:56

[[ Currie's views seem so out of touch http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/edwina-currie-foodbank-comments-spark-6595171]]

bleedingheart Wed 29-Jan-14 10:27:12
Misspixietrix Wed 29-Jan-14 10:31:33

Yes I think she's going along the same lines of what most ignorant people people think. That everyone on Benefits smokes and drinks. Which is ignorant altogether. What about those Part time workers or ones who have had their full time employment changed to zero hours contracts and had to rely on food banks too. Wonder if they smoke and drink too? Would she say they made poor choices? Or by poor choices does she just mean they chose to shop at Tesco instead of Lidl and they wonder why their money didn't stretch far enough.

KayHarker1 Wed 29-Jan-14 10:34:48

It's the 'deserving poor' crap all over again. You'd have hoped we might have moved on from Victorian values.

Melonbreath Wed 29-Jan-14 10:34:48

Silly bitch. I'm now following her on twitter in order to ridicule

napoleonsnose Wed 29-Jan-14 10:35:53

Just read the article on The Spectator website and she has seriously pissed me off now. No evidence whatsoever to back up her ill-informed clap trap, just subjective right-wing rhetoric. Same old, same old - sadly though, many believe this shite.

blogs.spectator.co.uk/coffeehouse/2014/01/food-banks-arent-solving-problems-they-can-make-things-worse-too/#disqus_thread

SomethingOnce Wed 29-Jan-14 10:36:51

Wasn't it dear old Edwina who, back in the 80's, advised pensioners in fuel poverty to knit themselves woollies to keep warm?

pointythings Wed 29-Jan-14 11:03:11

Making her do a stint in a food bank would be pointless - none so blind as those who will not see and all that. She would just harangue your poor clients about their poor choices and fecklessness and make them feel even worse.

Misspixietrix Wed 29-Jan-14 12:12:10

pointythings I don't think my Manager would let the clients have to suffer Edwina Interaction be exposed to her. Although I do think it would be worth wondering that if she had to sit next to some body with a baby on their knee who has just fled miles away to escape their abusive partner with tears in their eyes and wonder how things have got this bad. If she would still hold the same opinion and be more compassionate. She was actually one of the very few Tories I tolerated but she's blown it with that last comment.

HenriettaMaria Wed 29-Jan-14 12:16:12

Wasn't it dear old Edwina who, back in the 80's, advised pensioners in fuel poverty to knit themselves woollies to keep warm?

Indeed it was. She doesn't change, does she?

OhBuggerandArse Wed 29-Jan-14 12:18:01

LOVING the 'You're the bird that shagged John Major' story.

Misspixietrix Wed 29-Jan-14 12:49:11

OhbuggerandArse to be fair that's all most know her for. *That and something to do with eggs smile and stupid Twitter comments as above wink.

wetaugust Wed 29-Jan-14 12:56:03

Edwina is regularly on Radio 5 in late night/early morning discussions.

She recently sad she had actually visited food banks on a number of occassions.

Just wanted to clear that up as the OP didn't seem to thing she'd visited one.

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